Big Lake

by Amy Caldwell July. 04, 2021 188 views
The rails mark where the pier is. It is possible to walk to the green pierhead in better weather. (NOT this day...)

The rails mark where the pier is. It is possible to walk to the green pierhead in better weather. (NOT this day...)

Overflow... :/  damage. This is spring, before they come and straighten out the sand and make it pretty for summer. High water and lots of storms over the winter put lots of debris on the beach.

Overflow... :/ damage. This is spring, before they come and straighten out the sand and make it pretty for summer. High water and lots of storms over the winter put lots of debris on the beach.

10 footers rolling in :O

10 footers rolling in :O

Big one--that was one of those 10 footers from the earlier photograph

Big one--that was one of those 10 footers from the earlier photograph

It's been so long since I've been out there, but I think the bottom portion is about 10 ft. The waves are washing clear over the pier.

It's been so long since I've been out there, but I think the bottom portion is about 10 ft. The waves are washing clear over the pier.

Overflowing the channel. Driftwood washed up.

Overflowing the channel. Driftwood washed up.

Flooding. Not usually so rough in the channel. Usually there is a place you can walk next to the rail.

Flooding. Not usually so rough in the channel. Usually there is a place you can walk next to the rail.

Sometimes the wind catches the wave as it curls over and twists it around. Kind of like soft serve ice cream....Cool.

Sometimes the wind catches the wave as it curls over and twists it around. Kind of like soft serve ice cream....Cool.

Yes, Like this. This was a good one.

Yes, Like this. This was a good one.

These are from a day last spring, April 2020. Lake Michigan was near record high levels. So the water was just about 1 foot from the top of the pier when it was calm. On very calm days it was possible to walk out, but not advisable since it was often wet and so was algae covered and quite slippery. Very dangerous. There are boulders on either side of the cement part about 8-10 feet out. With the water so high, they are covered. So, if you slipped or were swept off you may get caught in the rocks. Not good.

This particular day was about 35mph sustained winds and up to 50mph gusts with 8-10 foot waves. My kind of beach day! Honestly, I could stand here all day and watch the water. It's mesmerizing and awesome and the next day it could be flat as glass. Hard to believe.

I took 298 pictures and managed to cut it down to 257. Say what you will. Hope you enjoy this angry lake.

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I know this placed, was there last fall. Nice captures of the high water.smile

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Amy Caldwell Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you!

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Gethin Thomas 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Looks like an ocean. Hard to believe it is a lake. Our lakes are just ponds by comparison.smile

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Amy Caldwell Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It does look like the ocean-but we have no sharks! Lake Michigan is the 6th largest freshwater lake in the world, it is truly amazing. :)

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Tsao T-F 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful captures. The angry lake looks so terrible. Please take care of yourself.pray

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Amy Caldwell Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Tsao! I never get too close when it's like this.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Amy Caldwell 2 months, 2 weeks ago

smile

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